Hotel Review: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

One of the most important things when going on a trip is choosing which hotel to stay in. Kuala Lumpur offers a wide array of wonderful hotel choices; it was honestly not an easy choice for us. Kyra and I narrowed it down to two options, Shangrila and Traders by Shangrila – both from the Golden Circle group of hotels. Though the latter was a tad bit more expensive, we decided to go with Traders Hotel because of its central location, being located in KLCC, right across the Twin Towers. To boot, the world-known SkyBar was located at the top of the hotel, so we knew we were in for a treat.I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at a little past midnight, but Kyra wasn’t arriving till about 10 in the morning, so I had a few hours to spend alone. I got to the hotel by about 3 or 4, hoping I’d be able to do an early check-in. Unfortunately, none of the rooms were available yet, and if I really wanted to get a room, I’d have to pay a whopping RM700 (approximately 10,000PHP). I obviously decided not to.Arriving during the wee hours in the morning, I expected that I’d have to fend for myself, wasting away in the lobby or in a nearby 24/7 food establishment, but I was in for a treat. The extra-welcoming hotel concierge, Vinoj, told me that I could stay in the lounge for early check-in guests if I pleased and not knowing where else to go, I said yes!Not only did the lounge have comfy couches, but there were seats that were reclined, so you could easily take naps. Also, they had this table offering complimentary coffee, pastries and a fridge with drinks you could choose from. Oh, and the most important thing: free Wifi! Traders actually has Wifi everywhere in the hotel, and there are also two desktop computers in the lounge that you could use for free.Even if I hadn’t checked-in yet, I was beyond pleased with the service and the facilities of the hotel. At around 7, I decided to walk to the Petronas Twin Towers, which is a less-than-1km walk from Traders along the beautiful KL City Park. A little past 8, I finally got to check-in even if check-in wasn’t supposed to be till 2 in the afternoon. The room, though a bit smaller compared to the other 5-star hotels I’ve stayed in, was an absolute delight! Do take note that this is more of a business hotel rather than a luxury hotel though, which explains why the rooms could be smaller in size, but they somehow got to mix up luxury in every corner of the hotel!   Both the room and bathroom were spacious and the best thing about staying in Traders? Having the best view in the city. Imagine waking up to this view:The downside in staying in hotels this nice though, is all you want to do is enjoy the hotel room. Here’s a photo of the sockets in the hotel room, just in case someone needs it for their reference:As mentioned earlier, the world-known SkyBar is on the top of the hotel and of course, overlooks the beautiful KL City Park and the Petronas Twin towers. In the middle of the bar is a pool, so make sure you don’t fall into it after having a few drinks. Every Wednesday night, from 6-9pm, is ladies night in SkyBar and they offer free-flowing cocktails for all ladies! What a treat it was for Kyra and I to get about 3 or 4 free margaritas, which would’ve cost RM30 each (450PHP).So if you find yourself planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, imagine saying good morning to this: Don’t make the mistake of choosing any other hotel and go with Traders! Traders Hotel is walking distance from the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, the Convention Center, and the Aquaria! If you’re willing to walk a bit more, there’s an elevated walkway leading to Bukit Bintang. Also, they offer free 8-seater shuttle buggies to and from Suria KLCC/Petronas Twin Towers. The service of the whole staff is impeccable and with Traders, I experienced the quickest check-out. Upon arriving at the counter, giving our room keys, it took them less than a minute to say we’re good to go! What more could you ask for?